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Musings, ramblings and thought provoking articles from our team of talented writers - all views expressed are their own!

What the World Would Be Like if Irish Kids Ran It

Children have opinions and insights that most adults fail to recognize. Why is that? Well, because children are as basic to understanding humanity as possible. They do not need to worry about bills, jobs or keeping their homes clean. Rather, the issues that face most children are things like, what they like to eat, drink, do or […]

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Ireland’s Psychotic Seagull Crime Spree

The nation laughed out loud last summer when a Fianna Fáil senator, Ned O’Sullivan from County Kerry, spoke out and declared that Ireland’s seagulls had “lost the run of themselves completely” and stated he was “very much against seagulls.”  He went on to accuse the gulls of stealing candy from children and partying late into […]

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We Do Death Differently Here

The Irish-American community has clung to many traditions from Ireland, and Ireland watches American television shows and wears American brands.  Each has influenced the other in so many ways – but there is one inevitable part of life where the two countries have a complete disconnect.  That’s death.  American culture is relatively quiet about death […]

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Dublin Homeless Crisis: The Facts and How to Help

Christy Burke, chair of Inner City Helping Homeless, wants the Dáil to reconvene now to resolve what he sees as a homelessness crisis happening this summer in Dublin. Over the last year, homelessness in Dublin has increased more than 100%.  According to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, there were 531 families in emergency accommodation as […]

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Ireland Needs to Start Caring About Youth Mental Health Services

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Ireland has a particularly high youth suicide rate. Out of the European countries, it has the highest suicide rate in females 0-19 years old and the second highest in males 0-19 years old. So it’s especially important that Ireland work on improving its mental health services for young people to prevent suicide and to help […]

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Lughnasa – Proof that the Ancient Irish Were Pretty Modern

Ancient Ireland

In the run up to Ireland’s marriage equality referendum earlier this year, we heard a lot of debate about “traditional marriage.”  But those pushing for “traditional marriage” weren’t interested in what really constituted Ireland’s tradition of marriage, and one of Ireland’s Lughnasa traditions shows how very differently our ancestors viewed marriage.  In fact, a few […]

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How Catholic are Irish Catholic Schools?

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So, Ireland is having a problem with school patronage.  Currently, about 90 percent of state-funded primary schools are controlled by the Catholic Church.  By “controlled by,” I mean that the Church decides admissions policies, who to hire to teach and administrate, and, perhaps most worryingly, the curriculum.  Last year (and, unfortunately, several other times), the U.N. noted […]

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